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GT-Esque Mount Wing + Convertible Top = ?

Hey Guys, hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
I'm mapping out the wish list for good ol' Halibel and I'd really like to add a GT wing similar to what forum member Serious has done with his SLK. I was going to ask him if he's had any issues with the convertible top slinging around the extra weight, but I'm sure a few other people have also asked him, and hence his inbox is full. I'll leave a link to the spoiler I'm referring to down below so everyone knows what I'm talking about.
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Oh, In case I was unclear, I was wondering if anyone else had any comments/experience on whether it would put a significant strain on the convertible top components. Thanks Again.
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I'm not surprised you haven't received a response to this question How could you put one of those things on a Mercedes Benz?? They are used only by the
Honda, Subaru tin can exhaust people. It has no place on a Mercedes which is probably why you can't find anyone with experience having installed one of these on a Mercedes!
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I'm not surprised you haven't received a response to this question How could you put one of those things on a Mercedes Benz?? They are used only by the
Honda, Subaru tin can exhaust people. It has no place on a Mercedes which is probably why you can't find anyone with experience having installed one of these on a Mercedes!
I really don't like mass generalization of assumptions in car culture.
I happen to be a track junkie and downforce is essential. Obviously we live different lifestyles but there's no reason to be judgemental. Also- In case you haven't read up on recent releases from Mercedes, High Mount Spoilers DO belong on Mercedes Benz, but just for the people who prefer to drive swiftly.

PS: High mount wings come standard on the C63 Black.
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Geez. I just googled the c63 Black series and found several of them with the spoilers on the trunk lid.

Check it out here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mb+c...soSulXOjDg8%3D

So I guess I owe you an apology. But that doesn't change the fact that the spoiler would look like an unpleasant appendage on the tail of an SLK!!

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Sorry about that. Just my opinion
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Geez. I just googled the c63 Black series and found several of them with the spoilers on the trunk lid.

Check it out here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mb+c...soSulXOjDg8%3D

So I guess I owe you an apology. But that doesn't change the fact that the spoiler would look like an unpleasant appendage on the tail of an SLK!!

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Sorry about that. Just my opinion

I assume I'd find it difficult to be open minded if I drove an dreary automatic SLK as well. I'll be sure to make another post whenever I mount the wing.

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Let's all play nice We all have opinions. The older generation of which I am a member prefer the clean look as far as spoiler are concerned
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on a hard tuned slk i'd love that spoiler!
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Too much stress? Hard to say, really. When the top goes up and down, the trunk lid hinges on the latch so it is really just being pivoted fore and aft about that axis. Knowing the Mercedes-Benz tendency to engineer for robustness, the hydraulic pump probably has plenty of reserve capacity to account for the added mass of the wing, though the time to complete the move cycle might suffer by a second or so. The trunk lid struts are known to fail, though, and they will most definitely work harder to raise the lid with that added mass on top. You will probably end up either replacing them more often than normal or trying to find struts that have heavier weight capacity.
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Too much stress? Hard to say, really. When the top goes up and down, the trunk lid hinges on the latch so it is really just being pivoted fore and aft about that axis. Knowing the Mercedes-Benz tendency to engineer for robustness, the hydraulic pump probably has plenty of reserve capacity to account for the added mass of the wing, though the time to complete the move cycle might suffer by a second or so. The trunk lid struts are known to fail, though, and they will most definitely work harder to raise the lid with that added mass on top. You will probably end up either replacing them more often than normal or trying to find struts that have heavier weight capacity.
Thank you for your input. I just wanted to hear what some others had to say in reference to stress.

For all of you who are unsure of what it would look like, here's a photo of Forum Member Serius' Car. I would likely do a carbon fiber lip spoiler to match the high mount wing. In my peronal opinion, a decent match of form and function.
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Like others, I'm not inclined to fit such a spoiler to Sunhilde. For one thing, my wife would refuse to ride in the car and that isn't optimal. But I don't track the car other than an occasional autocross so downforce simply isn't an issue. As you have discovered, the M-B community at large tends to frown on aero bling merely for the sake of bling; the really stodgy ones can't even countenance the old 190E 2.3-16 (let alone the 2.5 Evo 2!) because of the aero kit. There are others among us who are perfectly fine with such things when there is a real purpose to having them, such as racing, racing homologation, or at least serious track time for fun.
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Like others, I'm not inclined to fit such a spoiler to Sunhilde. For one thing, my wife would refuse to ride in the car and that isn't optimal. But I don't track the car other than an occasional autocross so downforce simply isn't an issue. As you have discovered, the M-B community at large tends to frown on aero bling merely for the sake of bling; the really stodgy ones can't even countenance the old 190E 2.3-16 (let alone the 2.5 Evo 2!) because of the aero kit. There are others among us who are perfectly fine with such things when there is a real purpose to having them, such as racing, racing homologation, or at least serious track time for fun.
Thank you for at least respecting the difference. Everyone's entitled to an opinion. But essentially the car will become almost strictly a track car, as I have just purchased an Audi SQ5 as a daily driver.

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Thank you for your input. I just wanted to hear what some others had to say in reference to stress.

For all of you who are unsure of what it would look like, here's a photo of Forum Member Serius' Car. I would likely do a carbon fiber lip spoiler to match the high mount wing. In my peronal opinion, a decent match of form and function.
Does that look like it has two boot spoilers ?

We all have diff tastes and req etc .
If i had that on my car i deff know my clients would comment and i know what there answer would be .

But if its for track use its a diff matter .
But yes would deff stress your shocks out sooner from the added weight .
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without sounding crazy and spending a long time in motorsport,the SLK has a rear lip which impacts a lot of downforce as it is don't go for another wing but have a double dififuser under the car.i have worked with wind tunnel wings and splitters and you people do not know what you are dealing with
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A double diffuser is so impressive at work,you can't believe how well they work,i am looking at a design for the SLK but it is in its infancy
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Hey Guys, hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
I'm mapping out the wish list for good ol' Halibel and I'd really like to add a GT wing similar to what forum member Serious has done with his SLK. I was going to ask him if he's had any issues with the convertible top slinging around the extra weight, but I'm sure a few other people have also asked him, and hence his inbox is full. I'll leave a link to the spoiler I'm referring to down below so everyone knows what I'm talking about.
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Hi Oxnerkid. No issues whatsoever with the convertible top slinging around. The trunk lid is strong enough to support my APR wing. If you look underneath the trunk lid you'll see the reinforced structure it has.
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Here's a different angle of the spoiler. I took off the vinyl sticker I put on for a track day event.
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Hi Oxnerkid. No issues whatsoever with the convertible top slinging around. The trunk lid is stronger enough to support my APR wing. If you look underneath the trunk lid you'll see the reinforced structure it has.
Damn, thought we were talking poliotics at the front of this thread. :-) Although I have a 170, I've toyed for years as to putting a "basket" handle type wing/spoiler on mine. (I actually bought the wing a while ago, and it's certainly more for esthetics and differentiation in appearance than performance.) I think this type was an option on the Sport or the 32. (?) So it is just a different, if slightly less sedate, look.

My greater concern (than any down force stress) is the extra weight on the lift assist struts. Holding the extra weight up while you are loading your groceries . . . could result in a painful bonk!

I will say, and I can't remember their name, but one of the (past?) members went with a full out race mode design, including a complex rear racing wing on a 171. Perhaps not a great car for a daily driver, but it did look pretty awesome!! (More like a DTM machine which sprout some pretty "unconventionally" impressive appendages. ;-)
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Personally I love the wing, I'm not one for the conservative look. I may consider one myself 😎😎😎😎
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Here's a different angle of the spoiler. I took off the vinyl sticker I put on for a track day event.
Out of curiosity, have you had any problems with downforce bending the trunk lid metal? I know the spoiler has to be drilled and bolted down, however I was still curious. Also, if I gave you my phone number would you be willing to send me a dead on rear shot with the spoiler? Still just weighing aesthetics. Thanks in advance!
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